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West London church to screen The Preacher's Wife this month

XMAS MOVIE: Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington in The Preacher's Wife

THE MUCH-loved gospel-led rom-com The Preacher's Wife will be on show in an exclusive screening at a West London church later this month.

As the Christmas countdown in full force, St John's Church in Notting Hill will be turned into a festive, fun filled, cinematic experience for all the family on December 19.

It just isn't Christmas until you've seen the great Whitney Houston shine in all her former glory, in the 1996 star-studded film, The Preacher’s Wife.

When it comes to black Christmas movies, the list is not that long. But one of arguably the most heartwarming is The Preacher’s Wife, starring Houston alongside Denzel Washington.

For those who have not seen the film, the plot is very simple. When the marriage between Reverend Henry Biggs (Courtney B. Vance) and his choir singing wife, Julia (Houston), begins to lag because of community work, an angel named Dudley (Washington) steps in to save the day.

The Preacher's Wife is actually a remake of the 1947 The Bishop's Wife, which was adapted from a book written in 1928 by Robert Nathan.

The idea to remake the film was developed byWashington’s production company, Mundy Lane Entertainment.

While this might have seemed like the type of role Houston would have jumped at, that couldn’t have been further from the truth. When she was offered the role, she was hesitant and Washington pestered her for a year before she finally agreed to take it.

Houston explained why she was hesitant about taking the role in an interview with the Detroit Free Press in 1996.

Houston said that she had her doubts because she didn’t feel she couldn’t adequately portray a woman who was, as she described her, “a dowdy housewife.”

Then there was the fact that her character was married to a “good guy".

“I never did go for boys like that,” Whitney said. “No, I take that back. I was involved for about a minute with a boy who was the nephew of a preacher. But I always was more interested in the boys who were …sometimes more than a little [bad],” she laughed.

The Preacher's Wife screening:
DATE: December 19
TIME: Doors open at 5pm, film starts at 6pm
LOCATION: St John’s Church, Landsdowne Cresent, Notting Hill, London W11 2NN
PRICE: £12 adults, £6 children

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